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Disability NEWS – August 15, 2018

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August 15, 2018

In This Issue…

  • Nominations are now open for the 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards event in November
  • Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair is August 28 at Eugene’s Lane County Event Center
  • Adaptive BIKETOWN participants sought for feedback on using adaptive bicycles
  • Last chance for feedback on DRO’s Disability Community Survey is August 30th
  • Applications Now Open for Portland Art Museum’s Accessibility Advisory Committee
  • Office of Community & Civic Life recruiting members for its Bureau Advisory Committee
  • Oregon Chapter/National Multiple Sclerosis Society conducting MS 101 Forum
  • Join NWDSA for the Summer’s Biggest Party at the Buddy Fest NW 2018
  • NAMI Multnomah starting Free 12- week Family-to-Family Class on September 6th
  • September 9th Affect Conf is a 2-day event about making the future accessible
  • Visit Disability Program Facebook page for more news, event postings

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Spirit of Portland Awards event in November

A call for nominations is out for the 34th Annual Spirit of Portland Awards. The Spirit of Portland Awards are a recognition of local heroes and the impact of their work on creating a shared future in a city we all share.

Each year, Portland City Council presents these awards to individuals and organizations making outstanding contributions to our community. This year’s award ceremony theme is “One City, Many Communities.”

Award recipients are chosen from the following categories:

Outstanding Individual Leadership Awards: Young Leader of the Year; Elder Leader of the Year; Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award; and Access and Disability Justice Award.

Outstanding Organization Leadership Awards: Civic engagement project/group, organization of the Year; Private business for-profit initiative; Private business non-profit initiative; and Sandy Diedrich Environmental Stewardship of the Year.

A city’s true ingredient is people, so nominate those who have helped Portland shine! The deadline for submitting nominations is Tuesday, August 28, with an awards ceremony to be held in November 2018.

Nomination forms are available at or by contacting Marco Mejia, at 503-823-3093 or email: The forms are currently available in Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Russian and Vietnamese. Forms can also be requested in any other language.

Spirit of Portland Award recipients are chosen by a selection committee comprised of representatives from the Mayor’s and City Commissioners’ offices, the Office of Community & Civic Life, community leaders, and previous Spirit of Portland recipients. Find more information, including a Spotlight on previous winners and list of recipients from 1985 to 2017, on the Spirit of Portland Awards website.

Incight & JobsNow’s Free Job Fair is August 28 at Eugene’s Lane County Event Center

Incight & JobsNow is offering a high-energy, results-oriented Job Fair on Tuesday, August 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eugene’s Lane County Event Center’s Auditorium, 796 West 13th Avenue. Whether looking for a job or advancing your career, there will be employers ready to hire people of all skill levels, education backgrounds, abilities and fields of interest.

This job fair will offer great resources to job seekers looking to find a job or advance their career. There will be a brief training session with job seekers before the fair to promote successful employer interaction.

The event is open to every person, regardless of ability, education or field of interest. Register to attend and see employers at or call 971-244-0305. More information about Incight and JobsNow is available on the Incight and JobsNow websites.

Adaptive BIKETOWN participants sought for feedback on using adaptive bicycles

The Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) of Portland State University (PSU) is interested in hearing from those who have participated in the city’s Adaptive BIKETOWN program. In an effort to understand bike share equity initiatives nationwide, TREC researchers would love to hear users’ feedback on renting and riding the adaptive bicycles. 

The interviews will take around 30 minutes and are informal. Interviews will be electronically recorded and participant responses to the questions will be kept confidential. Each interview will be assigned a number code to help ensure personal identifiers are not revealed during the analysis or write up of the results. Interviews can be conducted in a meeting room at PSU or, if participants prefer, another public location at their convenience. 

Adaptive BIKETOWN users interested in sharing their experience, are asked to contact Nathan McNeil at or Austin Cummings at

Last chance for feedback on DRO’s Disability Community Survey is August 30th

Disability Rights Oregon (DRO) wants to hear from Oregonians with Disabilities about their needs. This input shapes DRO’s decisions about how to best focus its resources in the coming year, and impacts the goals and priorities of the organization. A survey has been developed and posted online with a deadline of August 30th to participate.

Participants in this survey can share their feedback through this 10 to 15 minute survey by clicking this link. Anyone who needs an alternate format to complete this survey, may contact DRO at 503-243-2081 or 800-452-1694 or emailing to The survey is also available in Spanish: Encuesta sobre lo que la Poblacion Percibe acerca de Disability Rights Oregon 2018.

Every year, DRO gathers feedback from Oregonians about the needs of people with disabilities. Its current priorities are available at

Applications Now Open for Portland Art Museum’s Accessibility Advisory Committee

The Portland Art Museum is currently forming an Accessibility Advisory Committee as part of a long-term initiative to build lasting relationships with our Deaf and Disabled community members. This initiative will review, update, and develop the necessary policies, procedures, and planning processes to improve access throughout the museum. 

Committee member responsibilities include advising staff on accessibility and inclusiveness of the museum’s programs and policies, offering input about exhibitions, education programs, and the museum’s architectural projects, including the proposed Rothko Pavilion expansion. 

Committee members are asked to serve for a two-year commitment (October 2018 through 2020), attending up to three meetings per year. Each meeting will last about two to four hours. The Portland Art Museum can offer each member a $100 stipend per meeting to reimburse members for travel and other costs. Museum staff are also happy to discuss alternative forms of reimbursement, if preferred. 

Applications can be submitted online at:

To be considered, applications must be submitted by August 31st. A hard copy of this application will be available at the front desk of the museum. If you need to fill this application out by phone or in person, please contact Sarah Lampen at or call 503-276-4284. 

Answers to this application will remain confidential, and will only be viewed by the Deaf and Disabled community members and PAM staff who select members of the committee.  

Office of Community & Civic Life recruiting members for its Bureau Advisory Committee

The Office of Community & Civic Life’s Bureau Advisory Committee (BAC) is currently seeking members to serve on its advisory body. The deadline to submit an application is August 31.

The BAC provides guidance to the Director on the effective use of resources as it relates to the bureau's overall strategic aim and racial equity plan by reviewing bureau goals, program priorities, and spending; and providing informed participation in Community & Civic Life’s annual budget process. Committee members also serve an ambassadors for the work of the bureau and the City.

The applications will have an internal review with notification of a decision by the third week in September. The BAC will begin meeting in October of 2018 and continue with monthly meetings through the late spring of 2019. There may be a reason for twice a month meetings in January due to workload needs related to budget submission, but members will be notified promptly of any additional meetings.

For further information about the BAC and to apply, please visit the committee website. For specific information pertaining to the application process, please contact Mary Hartshorn at or 503-823-6033.

Oregon Chapter/National Multiple Sclerosis Society conducting MS 101 Forum

"MS 101: What Every Patient Should Know About Multiple Sclerosis" is a free forum for persons newly diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) on September 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Oregon Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society has scheduled the free event in the Providence Brain and Spine Institute Conference Room 363, located in the East Pavilion, Medical Office Building of the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, 9135 SW Barnes Road.

The Providence Brain and Spine Institute invites anyone with a recent diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, and their family and friends, to this educational forum covering the basics of living with MS. The forum will be led by MS Neurologist, Dr. Elisabeth Lucassen, and will include a complimentary dinner.

Space is limited, so please RSVP online or call 503-574-6595 if you wish to attend.

Join NWDSA for the Summer’s Biggest Party at the Buddy Fest NW 2018

The Northwest Down Syndrome Association (NWDSA) is hosting its 20th Annual Buddy Fest NW on Saturday, September 22nd from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome. The walk brings together participants from Portland metro and Southwest Washington – family members, friends, professionals, community leaders and individuals with Down syndrome.

The 20th Annual Buddy Fest NW promises to be bigger and better than ever at the Moda Center Commons Main Amphitheater in Northeast Portland. For two decades NWDSA has been working to create and nurture a loving and inclusive community for every person with a disability including Down syndrome and they're ready for a party.

This is an opportunity to hear self-advocates and connect with empowered families from across the Portland Metro region and beyond. The event features keynote speakers Cody Sullivan, Matt Schweitz, and James Phillips. Cody Sullivan achieved his personal goals and made history this spring by becoming the first student with Down Syndrome to complete four years of college in Oregon. Cody, Matt, and James will share stories about their inclusive college experience, the importance of embracing everyone’s unique talents and abilities, and how we all have something to teach.

Online registration is available until noon on Sept. 20th. Participants can register in person on the day of the event, but to avoid waiting in long lines, it is suggested to use online registration. Learn more about NWDSA’s Buddy Fest NW and how to register at the event’s website.

NAMI Multnomah starting Free 12-week Family-to-Family Class on September 6th

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session educational program for parents, spouses, children, siblings and friends of adults with mental health issues. It is a designated evidenced-based program. The NAMI Multnomah affiliate is conducting two separate sessions starting in early September.

The nationally recognized NAMI Family-to-Family Class is taught by specially-trained volunteers who are family members themselves. The class is a nationally recognized curriculum designed by mental-health professional. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

The first Family-to-Family class will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8:30 p.m., starting September 6 at Emanuel Hospital in north Portland. The second class meets in downtown Portland at Saint Stephens Episcopal Church on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4 p.m., beginning on September 8. Registration is required and now open for these courses. To register in the class, just register with NAMI Multnomah by calling 503-200-2900. Classes do fill up quickly. More information is available on the class website.

NAMI Multnomah helps educate people in the Portland metro area about mental health issues. It holds regular educational events, weekly support groups, and quarterly classes to help individuals and families better understand how to live with mental illness, begin the process of recovery, and sustain wellness.

September 9th Affect Conf is a 2-day event about making the future accessible

Affect Conf (pronounced “effect”) is a two-day event with a dash of volunteering that examines the work, culture, and design of social change. Returning for its third year on September 6 through 7, Affect 2018 will feature a keynote from disabled activist and content creator Annie Segarra, who’ll be talking accessibility beyond ramps, captions, and audio descriptions, as well as her The Future Is Accessible campaign. Other speaker topics include making activism more accessible; grassroots organizing strategies for healing, transformative, and housing justice; and mental health and treatment for people of color. 

Affect’s program includes a day and a half of presentations and a half day of service with local nonprofits. For the latter, the event organizers are currently looking for organizations that could use a group of 10 to 15 helping out on the morning of Friday, September 7 (please email Previously, Affect attendees have taken on projects for CymaSpace, Meals on Wheels, and p:ear. 

The conference will have two ASL interpreters, live (real-time) captioning, physical access lanes, all-gender restrooms, and onsite childcare. Go to the event’s website to learn more about the topics being presented, schedule of activities, useful information for attendees and how to sign up to attend.

Visit Disability Program Website and Facebook page for more news, event postings

The Office of Community & Civic Life Disability Program Facebook page features daily postings of news, videos, events and issues of interest to people with disabilities.

The Disability NEWS is created and distributed twice monthly on the first and third Wednesdays by the City of Portland’s Disability Program in the Office of Community & Civic Life The NEWS, including back issues, is also available in the program’s website for viewing at this link.

To update your contact information, if you wish to submit information for the newsletter or if you know someone who would like to receive the newsletter, please email Events submitted will also be noted on the Disability Program Facebook page and featured on ONI Events calendar's list of Disability Events.

Please note: This information is available for downloading in an e-publication format for reading on a tablet, smart phone, digital reader or computer.